Posts Tagged ‘Cafe’

No rationale, just life

By Admin - July 17th, 2013

No rationale, just life

Written By: Shayanika Suresh

Some moments in life have no rationale

Why do they happen, how do they take place?

Perhaps only fate could explain its game.

Lasting forever in our memories,

Not all are happy, for some make us cry,

But there is always a time, one moment,

Where we realize that all has a purpose.

Suddenly our hearts weigh lighter, we smile,

That is a sign that the hurdle has passed.

Never saw it coming, just looked ahead,

Don’t know if we jumped, or ran straight through it,

But all that matters is that now, it’s gone.

They call it “Maanam”

By Admin - July 17th, 2013

They call it "Maanam"

Written By: Keerthana Raveendran

Spotless, glistening house? Check. Freshly prepared, delicious meal? Check. Overdressed house folk bearing charming grins and perfect posture? Check and check.

Alright, then. Bring on the guests.

Perhaps you’ve been in this position before. Perhaps this scenario is even far too familiar to you. If your family is anything like mine, preparing for visitors is very much like getting ready for an open house: you always, always put your best foot forward.

It’s surprising the lengths Tamil people will go in order to impress family and friends, and while I’ve often pondered a derisive, ‘Why?’ as I lit incense to mask the strong aroma of the twelve different curries my mom and I spent five hours before guest arrival preparing, I think I’ve managed to boil it all down to one word, friends—and that word is: maanam.

Maanam, loosely translated to dignity, is a key aspect of Tamil culture, and every detail of one’s life, from appearance and possessions to personality and career goals, is scrutinized by peers to determine one’s self-worth—or at least, that’s how it worked with our parents back home.

Now, that’s pressure.

After all, this increased emphasis on the importance of dignity in daily life means that we are constantly acting to present ourselves as images of perfection. Because if we pretend to be perfect around everyone we know, that must mean that we’re well-respected in society, right?

What we often forget in situations like these is that we are indeed human. We are not perfect. Our houses don’t always look like Ikea showrooms. We don’t eat twelve different curries with idiyappam, puddu, and idli for dinner every night. And we definitely don’t always sit with perfect, rigid postures for long periods of time when we watch TV or carry small talk.

It’s okay to be flawed and to embrace our misgivings. Maybe it’s even okay to redefine the idea of maanam as we know it. Because here’s a thought: if we stop feigning flawlessness in company, perhaps we’ll find that we’re more alike than we thought.

Bhoomi Enna Suthudhe Dance – WessTigga & PointDxter

By Editor - May 9th, 2013

Bhoomi Enna Suthudhe Dance – WessTigga & PointDxter

It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, just a normal day of hanging out with buddies, which eventually took a turn. Releasing a video together had been a long awaited project that, due to time constraints, had been constantly pushed back.

Seeking Refuge in the Virtual World

By Editor - February 17th, 2013

Seeking Refuge in the Virtual World

Written by: Dhabisha Kohilanathan

Is modern technology nurturing individuals to seek happiness solely in the virtual world?

Book Ends: Love Anthony

By Editor - January 4th, 2013

Book Ends: Love Anthony

Written By: Raghavi S.

Lisa Genova, author of best-selling books Left Neglected and Still Alice, brings to us another heartfelt story in her latest book, Love Anthony.

Bright Idea!

By Editor - January 3rd, 2013

Bright Idea!

Written by: CTYA Blogs Team

This picture has been circulating the internet in the last few days, and what a bright idea it is!

UTSC TSA FORMAL #NinaithaleInikkum: Sweet Reminiscence

By Editor - December 11th, 2012

UTSC TSA FORMAL #NinaithaleInikkum: Sweet Reminiscence

A message by UTSC TSA

Walk out of the elegant Payal Banquet Hall with nothing but sweet memories. This is where you will be on the night of Dec.21!

This years Thaalam Champions will be giving you an unforgettable performance!

UTSG TSA FORMAL – 007 -SKYFALL: Ithu Thaan Mudivu

By Editor - December 11th, 2012

UTSG TSA FORMAL - 007 -SKYFALL: Ithu Thaan Mudivu

A message from UTSG TSA

Come join UTSG TSA for the greatest formal of the year; an evening where we all unite on a formal occasion of style, elegance, luxury, and celebration. We offer you nothing but delicious food, amazing music and an unstoppable dance floor!

Suit Yourself!

By Editor - December 11th, 2012

Suit Yourself!

With Top Talents and UTSC and UTSG TSA formals on its way, here are some tips for men from Harry Rosen!

Man’s ingenious mind has come up with innumerable ways of folding the pocket square, from the most pristine horizontal to the seemingly artless and bunched-up “cloud.” Here are just three. Check out to read the full story!

If I could turn back time, I would …

By Editor - August 15th, 2012

If I could turn back time, I would ...

Yes, it’s true. School is about a month away! For those of you who are just starting post-secondary education, this could mean a whole new beginning. It gives you the chance to open doors and add onto your list of experiences.

The following is a collection of a few statements by University students.